Friday, April 25, 2008
The students at Booker T. hate this book. They despise it. They sleep when I read it to them. They perked up for a while when I taught them about Biblical allusions, and shame over nekkedness, and citizens taking pills to control their sexual urges. But only for a while. Baltimore City requires us to teach it, but they should reconsider, and find something the kids will enjoy more.
It's a shame they aren't engaged, because the book is actually quite good. An examination of utopian ideals gone badly wrong written for young adults. I'm hoping it appears on the Pedagogy exam tomorrow.